We had word from the Bishop of New Hampshire (live from the NH State House this morning) that things were moving quickly on marriage equality today, but who knew things would move this quickly??? I was offline for most of the afternoon and was DELIGHTED to log on and find this article on the top of my inbox:
Gay marriage bill signed into law in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage after the Senate and House passed key language on religious rights and Gov. John Lynch — who personally opposes gay marriage — signed the legislation Wednesday afternoon.
After rallies outside the Statehouse by both sides in the morning, the last of three bills in the package went to the Senate, which approved it 14-10 Wednesday afternoon.
Cheers from the gallery greeted the key vote in the House, which passed it 198-176. Surrounded by gay marriage supporters, Lynch signed the bill about an hour later.
"Today, we are standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples by making clear that they will receive the same rights, responsibilities — and respect — under New Hampshire law," Lynch said.
The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the U.S. Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, right, shakes hands with Mo Baxley in the gallery of Representatives Hall in the State house after lawmakers voted in favor of gay marriage in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, June 3, 2009.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Supporters watch as Gov. John Lynch, D-N.H., signs gay marriage into law at the State house in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, June 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)Read the rest here ... and Mazel Tov to the people of New Hampshire!